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Singapore Airlines Group launches voluntary carbon offset programme

Singapore Airlines has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme which enables its guests across its passenger and cargo airlines to offset their carbon emissions via dedicated micro sites.

Passengers travelling on Singapore Airlines and Scoot will now be able to offset carbon emissions on the respective airlines’ micro sites before or after a flight. SIA and Scoot will also match the offsets that these customers purchase for the first 6 months from the launch of this programme.

The offsets are provided via the BlueHalo digital solution, which has been developed by Australia-based Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM). This allows passengers to immediately calculate and offset the emissions associated with their journey.

Ms Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Corporate Planning, Singapore Airlines, said:

Through the SIA Group’s voluntary carbon offset programme, our customers now have an opportunity to offset their emissions through accredited projects that provide clear benefits to people and the planet. Matching their offsets is our way of encouraging our customers to fly carbon neutral. The programme supports the Group’s commitment to buttress our sustainability efforts, and reinforces our leadership position in the airline industry as we recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Passengers can offset their carbon emissions via the following websites:

SIA Cargo customers will be able to offset their emissions through a dedicated microsite, which will be available from next month. Corporate customers will be able to participate in the programme from the fourth quarter of 2021.

Additionally, SIA Customers will be able to use their KrisFlyer miles and HighFlyer points to offset their carbon emissions from the fourth quarter of 2021.

Mr Peter Castellas, Chief Executive Officer, TEM, said:

SIA is committed in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions, and tackle the environmental impact of air travel. Empowering customers to take action on climate change by offsetting their emissions is an imperative in the way we will be returning to travel. We are thrilled to partner with a powerful global airline to make a powerful positive impact on people and the planet.

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The SIA group’s launch of carbon offset programme is the latest step that the group has taken in its ongoing sustainable journey.

In May this year, the SIA Group committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The flag carrier of Singapore says that this will be achieved by investments in new-generation aircraft, achieving higher operational efficiency, adopting low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels, and sourcing for high quality carbon offsets.

According to the airline, the best way to materially reduce its emissions is by operating a young fleet of aircraft. It notes that SIA Group’s fleet has an average age of 5 years and 10 months. The group states that it has already invested in latest-technology aircrafts, ‘with an order book comprising new-generation models such as Airbus’ A350-900 and A320neo Family, as well as Boeing’s B777-9, B787 Family and B737-8 Max’.

SIA has also been an active member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) since 2011. In 2017, SIA launched a series of green package flights from San Francisco to Singapore that incorporated sustainable aviation fuels, fuel-efficient aircraft and optimised air traffic management measures. In 2020, SIA worked with Stockholm’s Swedavia Airport to uplift sustainable aviation fuels on flights departing from the city. These activities have helped to improve the Group’s understanding of the logistics and procurement of renewable fuels.

Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines recently announced resumption of flights to Manchester after it suspended service to the British city due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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